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Alan Kay: Doing with Images Makes Symbols Pt 1

Published 1987

Run time 46:00
Production Company University Video Communications
Sponsor Apple Computer Inc
Audio/Visual sound, color


Reviewer: streamingriachuelo - - April 9, 2013
Subject: Muchas Gracias.
Habiamos visto algo de esta clase del Dr. Alan Kay cuando vino Manovich a Buenos Aires hace un par de años. La posibilidad de tener disponible en calidad DVD esta información es muy útil para los docentes de Diseño, Multimedia y Video de las Universidades Nacionales Argentinas :)
Reviewer: Mark Wong-VanHaren - - March 26, 2011
Subject: Please correct spelling.
His surname is kAy, with an 'a'.

Reviewer: Casandro2 - - August 9, 2009
Subject: Amazing, simply amazing
I believe this should be required watching for anybody who claims to design or build a computer system, no matter if hardware or software. It's a shame that todays systems only focus on minor details, but leave out the whole concept of usability.
Reviewer: Arvid Rudling - - August 26, 2006
Subject: Back to the future
While most videos of this kind best serve as a humorous flashback: "look how big and primitive computers were back then", don't let the monochrome graphics fool you in this one!

Alan lines up a number of systems including Englebart's Sketchpad, the FlexMachine, the RAND tablet and Smalltalk, all of which were way ahead of their time and demonstrate some concepts not carried through even today. This is an entertaining (for the UI nut) and strong case for software & imagination being the bottleneck of current computing, and of Mr. Kay's mastery of user interfaces. Highly recommended!
Reviewer: Lexikon Svs - - May 17, 2005
Subject: A Great Teaching Aid:
This is an exceptional piece of computer history. I often use this video when teaching computer history or introduction to computing to my students of all ages. This video by Alan Kay includes a much earlier video of Doug Engelbart (1968)and his pioneering work in computing. Anyone teaching computer history or related subjects should view this, and may want to incorporate it into their courses. Alan Kay, and Doug Engelbart, are two of the heavyweights in computer development. This is an amazing video!
Reviewer: smag - - February 21, 2005
Subject: History of User Interface Design and PC
Speaking of a system developed in the 1970's Alan Kay says: "For the first time I felt like I was touching the information structures." You get the sense watching this video that you're connecting with the people who invented all of the various input devices, metaphors, UI widgets, interaction designs, that together make what we call a personal computer. Kay ends his review of UI's by Douglas Englebart, Ivan Sutherland, and others from the 60's and 70's with a discussion of how computers are changing from trains (mainframes) to cars (pc) to media. Very insightful and relevant stuff, here. Amazing that in some ways we have not come very far at all.
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